Wednesday, July 13, 2022

The Passing Storm

Sister Saint-Alphonse is an 1841 portrait by Antoine Plamondon.

The National Gallery has a number of paintings by the artist Cornelius Krieghoff. who found inspiration in the vastness of the Canadian wilderness and those who lived there. These are two of them. The Passing Storm, Saint-Ferreol dates to 1854 at top. Below it is The Saint Anne Falls, dating to 1855.

The Chaudiere is another Krieghoff painting, from 1858. It portrays the Chaudiere Falls on the Ottawa River as they appeared in his time. The falls today are upstream of the Gallery.

A painting by Krieghoff that always gets appreciation from my readers, and it's probably my favourite among his works here. White Horse Inn By Moonlight is an 1851 painting.

Two portraits by the same artist round things out for today. Theophile Hamel painted Etienne Parent in 1848.

Henriette Massue Le Moine is an 1854 portrait by Hamel.


  1. What a time to be an artist: when suddenly whole undiscovered landscapes were available to portray on canvas - and soon afterwards on film.

  2. The moonlight piece is really beautiful.

  3. 'The Chaudiere' and 'White Horse Inn By Moonlight' are my favourites.

  4. We are fortunate that these accomplished artists portrayed so much of Canada for the world to see, long before the days of photography, of course.

  5. ...when I was a kid nuns looked like Sister Saint-Alphonse.

  6. Buena galería de pintura, hy buenos cuadros en ella.

  7. The portrait of the nun could be of any one of those I experienced through school. Some were cruel but there were some good ones too. It doesn’t help to see their cruelty to other children even if they treat you okay.

  8. Some lovely offerings today, William. I do like the landscapes.

  9. I liked the Krieghoff pair. It is wonderful that painters could capture scenery so well, only to be replaced by cameras these days. But back then, that was the only way!

  10. The moonlight painting is so beautiful.

  11. @John: quite true.

    @Iris: I think so.

    @Italiafinlandia: me too.

    @Cloudia: I certainly agree.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Jan: they both stand out.

    @David: I agree.

  12. @Tom: nuns are outside my experience.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Marie: who knows what kind she was?

    @Jeanie: they appeal to me.

    @Barbara: that's the case.

    @RedPat: it is.

    @Magiceye: indeed.

  13. Some impressive art work here today.

  14. Great museum photos of art ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. My favorite is the White Horse Inn By Moonlight

  16. Another amazing exhibit, which you photographed beautifully! Thank you William :)

  17. White Horse Inn is perfect.

  18. @Sharon: thank you.

    @Carol: thanks.

    @Bill: it's good.

    @Red: me too.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Joanne: definitely.

    @Gemel: indeed.

  19. Oh goodness the paintings lovely Inn and winter scene and the Chaudiere Falls so pretty! Thanks for taking us through!